A Threepeat for Crazy Rich Asians

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Crazy Rich Asians

The story for the country’s number one movie continues to get crazier. And richer.

Crazy Rich Asians collected its third straight weekend win in grand fashion, banking an estimated $22.1 million and doubling the take of its nearest competitor. Add in the Labor Day holiday, and Crazy Rich raked in $28.3 million, which brought its overall haul to $117 million—a nice, tidy haul, especially when one considers its makers spent just $30 million creating the thing.

Two other holdovers followed Crazy Rich Asians into the box office’s upper echelons. The Meg motored into second place with $10.5 million, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout banked $7 million for third, cementing a place in the top five for the sixth straight weekend. The latest M:I movie has now earned $206.4 million, making it the third highest-grossing film in the franchise (Behind M:I – Ghost Protocol’s $209.4 million and M:I II’s $215.4 million), but it could well blast past both of ’em before it’s done.

Technically, Searching is a holdover, too, having opened in nine theaters last weekend. But it increased its reach by nearly 1,200 theaters, which pushed its weekend haul to about $6.1 million and gave it a top-five finish for its second week. (It finished fourth, of course.)

Operation Finale was the only true freshman film to crack the top five. It earned $6 million in three days. Kin, the weekend’s other major new release, was not so lucky. The surprisingly dark sci-fi thriller managed to pocket only $3 million to land in 12th place. Stick a pin in Kin: It’s fin.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 17 days ago
I think the biggest news this weekend is that Incredibles 2 managed to crack the 600 million mark. That's not only remarkably good for a regular movie, but out of this world good for an animated one. That's better than the Ice Age movies, the Shrek series, the Despicable Me's, even better than Disney's previous box office champs like The Lion King or Beauty and the Beast. And for me at least the real shocker is just how good Incredibles 2 is. I'll always hate the original, but the sequel is utterly fantastic.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Can’t help but disagree with you. The first movie was far more meaningful, thoughtful and complex. The second one is a simplified comedy that’s no different from all other hero movies out there. If that’s what you like, sure, but I was expecting something a little more intelligent from Incredibles 2 and I walked out of the theater disappointed.

-Posted by Chuck
Anonymous 16 days ago
I think the first Incredibles had annoying characters, moved along at a glacial pace, had an annoying villain, and subpar special effects with even more subpar animation. From the moment I saw the first one it easily became one of the worst movies ever made to me. It's just horrible through and through. On the other hand the sequel was a radical about face and basically took everything that stunk about the original and made it a hundred times better. The storyline moved along at a brisk pace instead of dragging, the Parr family and their friends were a lot more interesting this time around, the villain was 3-dimensional with many complicated layers to him, and the animation and special effects were glossed to a fine sheen sparkling like the first one never did. I'm as shocked as anyone, but considering how horrible the first one came out I'm surprised the second one was even good at all really.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Wow. You really have an opinion I've never heard before - which, given my extensive travels on the internet, is quite the feat- and I actually think you're flat-out wrong, but okay. Everyone's different.

-Posted by Chuck
Anonymous 13 days ago
I realize my opinion is the opposite of nearly everyone else on the planet, but it's the way I really feel about the first Incredibles movie. I'm also not a big fan of the first 2 Toy Story's either, but that's mostly because I think Sid in the first film is way too evil and vindictive, and the chicken man in the second film is just plain dumb. Thankfully Toy Story 3 turned out to be much better overall with not only a better more sympathetic villain in lots o huggin' bear, but also had a far better storyline as well. I tend to enjoy Pixar sequels more than most people though with the only Pixar sequel that I really didn't like at all and think stinks pure and simple is Cars 3 honestly which is a far cry from the magnificent 1 and 2, though to be fair Monster's University doesn't hold a candle to the original Monster's Inc. either, but then when it comes to the fishy tales, I wholeheartedly believe Finding Dory is ten times the film that Finding Nemo is.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Genuinely don't understand those who call something like CRA "diverse." The cast is all-Asian. What's diverse about that? Diversity is only diversity if it's something other than European, I guess.

-Posted by Chuck
Chuck Anziulewicz 17 days ago
"Diverse" probably isn't the right word. I think maybe it was used not so much in reference to the movie alone, and more about how a successful romantic story with an almost exclusively Asian cast scores a point for diversity in filmmaking. In any case it was an entertaining look into a world I know exists, but I'd never find myself anywhere NEAR. Oh, and the FOOD!
Anonymous 17 days ago
The movie itself isn't "diverse," but its existence makes the movie industry more diverse.

-- The Kenosha Kid
Anonymous 17 days ago
In my opinion “diverse” is pretty much a meaningless buzzword at this point. We’ve beaten it to death. Why doesnt the industry focus on making stories people actually want to see instead of obsessing over whether everything is quote-unquote “diverse” or not?

-Posted by Chuck
Anonymous 17 days ago
Well, Chuck, I'd say that judging by the popularity of Crazy Rich Asians, it's a perfect example of Hollywood "making stories people actually want to see."

Would you prefer the word "variety"? Surely you'd prefer a menu of movies featuring a variety of different casts, settings, time periods and stories, instead of the same movies recycled ad nauseam.

-- The Kenosha Kid
Anonymous 16 days ago
Would CRA be popular if everyone wasn't so obsessed with "diversity," though?